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slate tech report >>pam: the state of washington has more than 200 couples lined up at the seattle county courthouse in to get their marriage lincenses signed. 77-year-old jane abbott lightly and 85-year-old petey petersen who have been together for 35 years were the first couple to receive their marriage license. a three-day waiting period is required before marriage licenses are valid. but supporters of same-sex marriage say today is an important day for their cause. >> also in washington state. it's a "pot party" in washington state. a new law -- legalizing recreational marijuana use -- took effect at midnight. the law says adults 21 years and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot. but growing or selling the drug remains a crime. still -- pot smokers preferred to emphasize the positive -- ringing in the new year with -- well -- smoke rings at seattle's space needle. >>pam: the aftermath of hurricane sandy is driving business in washington today. as the senate meets to talk about the storm's impact on transportation, the push for state aid continues from high-profile advoca
to local politicians. washington has 27 days to figure out how to get the nation from going over the physical click your at this point, all sides seem to point to a stalemate. pamela schmidt. signs still point to a stalemate. >> emily schmidt has more >> you don't have to look far fiscal cliff theater... >> nobody wants to get this done more than me. gets solved. >> but key players aren't talking in the same room. congressional aides say they're not even communicating by phone or e- mail. >> the president is ready, willing and able, waiting to be able to sit down and seriously negotiate this but they have to be willing to come to the table with specifics. i think the next 72 hours are critical. if he sits back and continues to play politics, that'll give you going. >> some lawmakers are going back to their districts. congress has little scheduled business for the rest of the week. house speaker john boehner says that wouldn't stop negotiations. >> i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem. >> a sticking point r
in washington as the u.s. moves closer the falling off the fiscal cliff. you deserve from gop house speaker john baker and the democratic minority minority leader nancy pelosi. right now lawmakers have less than three weeks to reach a budget deal. if they don't most experts agree, the results could be disastrous for the american economy. the possibility of severe spending cuts there with a big jump in taxes for everyone. joining us to write down all this is michael yaqui. democrats won increase taxes on high- income earners and republicans want spending cuts >> it is basically the election and that is why everyone saying that the president had a mandate to make this change. he made very clear in this campaign that is what he wants to do. the american people and all the polls right now so that they support the president's plan. >> president obama has been very firm on tax cuts for the reds routedwhich. he did wie election you think he has an edge in these discussions? >> right now this is between the grand bargain which is putting everything on the table, spending cuts revenue of the whole kit an
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